Do you ever wonder if your writing is “good enough”?
Do you want to do this writing thing right and know you need an editor, but worry it won’t be worth the investment? And are you worried if you do hire an editor, they won’t get your work, or they’ll sterilize your voice?
You’re not alone. Almost all writers face these fears.
But when editing is done right, it makes the author’s voice shine. It sees into the heart of the writer and coaxes their story into brilliance. It’s an art. This is the type of editing we specialize in.
I'm a certified Story Grid editor who helps authors unearth the treasure in their manuscripts.
Leslie Watts, Executive Editor
I’m Writership’s founder and Executive Editor. I co-host the Writership Podcast with Clark and share self-editing insights on the Captain’s Blog. Since starting my career as an attorney and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Criminal Law, I’ve gone on to edit hundreds of stories, including those of New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling authors, and books featured on Fox, ABC, NBC, Business Insider, and Audible’s Highest Rated Audiobooks.
I love helping people tell their stories and editing fiction to bring forth the author’s voice. I also find fulfilment in teaching writers to self-edit, which I do through Writership and guest appearances on shows including the Self-Publishing Podcast, the Authority Self-Publishing Podcast, and the Book Editor Show.
Through all this, I’ve continued my personal writing practice and have met with my writing partner on Sunday nights at six o’clock for over fourteen years.
I live in Austin, Texas with my patient husband, two rambunctious kids, and two cats named Lady Gwendolyn and Captain Grimm.
Clark Chamberlain, Podcast Co-Host
I co-host the Writership Podcast and the Book Editor Show and am the editor-in-chief (story engineer) at Sterling and Stone. I’ve lived on two continents, fought in the Iraq war, built homes in the shadows of the Tetons, edited a thriller between live artillery fire missions, and tore my lunch cooler from the mouth of a bear.
My passions have taken me around the world and back again. Along the way I discovered my purpose in the power of story. My story expertise in fiction comes through in my books, my teaching, and my superb developmental editing, but I also work in nonfiction to help people break free of the negative stories holding them back.
I’m the author of four books (including the middle-grade series Hank Hudson), illustrator of three, and am a professional educator on story. I currently live in Idaho with my two sons. You can find